As we ate the juicy peaches we picked at a nearby farm, we spent some time examining the pits, and cracked them open to see the seeds. The interesting texture of the pits inspired us to get out some paints, using bruised peaches and the pits as stamps. (Mostly we used the pits. The peaches were too delicious to use to paint.)
Peach Stamping Set Up
Paints. My son decided that he wanted to mix a peachy color for the stamps, so we got out red, yellow, and white paints. We’re all about using washable paints!
Paper plates. Or something else to hold the paint, perhaps one side of an old cereal box. Something flat that won’t rip from the wet paint, and the pressure applied by stamping.
Paper. A LOT of paper! We used white paper, laid flat on a long table outside, for ease of stamping.
Drying Area. Make sure you have a plan for drying the paper!
Location. Because I knew this would get messy, we did it outside. If you are going to paint outside, make sure that your paper is held down sufficiently so that the wind doesn’t keep blowing it. You may think that is obvious, but I’m here to tell you I chased one peach print all over the lawn.
Then get stamping! We enjoyed swirling the peaches and the pits around to make a round, peach-like shape, and dragging them through blobs of paint. We also stamped sections of the peach, and peach halves.
Peaches, especially overripe ones, are not the best stamping material, as they are so squishy and juicy, but we figured the peach juice squeezed onto the paper by little fingers just added some authenticity to our peach prints.
Also, I definitely would not recommend doing this activity with a peach-loving one year old. I thought it would be a fun way for my little guy to play with color and texture, and see the inside of a peach…but it turned into trying to stop a screaming baby from eating (more) paint. He was fine when he was sitting back, observing and eating peach slices. It was when I had the brilliant idea of letting him stamp that the trouble started.
So, when we do painting with apples in the fall, it will likely be while he is napping!